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The Property Manager: a Real Estate Investor's Secret Weapon

By Ben Shepardson | October 18, 2018

A property manager is a must-hire for any real estate investor's peace of mind, no matter the size of the business. Whether you've got just one single-unit commercial property on the corner or a whole row of residential units, you're going to need a skilled and experienced property manager on your side to keep things running smoothly.


What a Good Property Manager Can Do for You

Whether you use a property management company or you hire on an individual to take care of things directly, having a property manager at your beck and call can save you a number of headaches. Here are just a few things that a good property manager can accomplish for you.

Provide Tenant Screening Services

Tired of having to go through each tenant application yourself? A property manager can go through any number of applications personally, using their honed skills to filter out potential problem tenants based on their responses to your paperwork. This increases your chances of finding reliable tenants that will pay their rent timely and consistently or tenants that won't be disruptive or disrespectful of neighbors. With more than 2600 new renters entering the market every day, the ability to source quality ones is incredibly important.

Act as a Point of Contact for a Tenant

Owning and operating rental properties is a full-time job, and you don't always have the time or energy to be a primary point of contact for each and every one of your tenants. If a sink needs unclogging or a window needs replacing, a property manager can organize routine maintenance and repair without needing to get you involved each and every time. This provides you more time to get other important things done.

Maintain the Happiness of Your Tenants

Property managers are concerned with providing excellent levels of service to the tenants they oversee.  Being available to renters' needs and responsive to their comments and questions means that property managers keep your tenants happy. Happy tenants, of course, like where they live and don't look for different places to move to. This makes having a good property manager on staff an excellent tool for retaining renters in the long run.

Minimize or Eliminate Late Payments

There's nothing that gums up the works of an investment property than late rent payments. As a real estate investor, you really don't have the desire to chase down delinquent tenants. Meanwhile, property managers know that they don't get paid unless there's money to pay them with, and that money comes from consistent monthly rent. This makes every property manager highly motivated to ensure your tenants pay on time, every time.

Make Everything Run More Smoothly

Real estate investment business owners have enough commitments to worry about on a daily basis. That's why having a property manager available to step in and look into the daily running of your rental property can be such a major boon. Reducing your own personal stress leads to a better quality of life just as investing in real estate can help build wealth in the long-term, making property management services a must-have for anyone looking to grow their real estate investment business.

Ben Shepardson is a Realty Biz News Contributing Writer and has a long track record of success in online marketing and web development. While pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems, he worked doing enterprise-level SEO and started an online business offering web development services to small business customers.
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